[uh-kyoo-muh n, ak-yuh-]
keen insight; shrewdness: remarkable acumen in business matters.
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intuition, awareness, ingenuity, intelligence, sensitivity, insight, brilliance, wisdom, wit, shrewdness, judgment, intellect, vision, guile, acuity, perception, perspicacity, refinement, keenness, sharpness
Origin of acumen
1525–35; < Latin acūmen sharpness, equivalent to acū- (stem of acuere to sharpen; see acute) + -men noun suffix
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the ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight
Word Origin for acumen
C16: from Latin: sharpness, from acuere to sharpen, from acus needle
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1530s, from Latin acumen "a point, sting," hence "mental sharpness, shrewdness," from acuere "to sharpen" (see acuity).
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